Element - - Environment -

Be­yond re­cy­cling is the slo­gan for Friend­ly­pak – a com­pany spe­cial­is­ing in com­postable and biodegrad­able prod­ucts. Pri­mar­ily pack­ing for food and bev­er­ages, these prod­ucts elim­i­nate the prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with pack­ag­ing un­able to be re­cy­cled be­cause it is con­tam­i­nated with food waste, and food waste con­tam­i­nated with pack­ag­ing waste, with the same re­sult. All prod­ucts are made from re­new­able and sus­tain­ably man­aged re­sources (in­clud­ing potato starch, maize starch and sug­ar­cane fi­bre), con­tain no toxic ingredients, are traded fairly and re­duce de­pen­dence on oil. They are com­plete cra­dle-to-cra­dle prod­ucts. The range of prod­ucts is mind-bog­gling: cling film, gloves, aprons, plates, cups, straws, cut­lery, meat/fish/fruit trays, bin lin­ers, zi­plock bags, bins, nappy bags, dog-poo bags, med­i­cal trays, tape, plas­tic wraps. One of the more re­cent de­vel­op­ments is pop starch, an al­ter­na­tive to poly­styrene chips for pack­ing. This com­pany de­serves to make a for­tune. Ask your lo­cal café to con­vert to this ma­te­rial.

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